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Effective Governing Boards: A Guide for Members of Governing Boards of Public Colleges, Universities, and Systems

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This guide provides an essential overview of the important responsibilities of serving on the board of a public college, university, or system. It is intended to clarify the fiduciary responsibilities for which boards are held accountable.

Sections include:

  • Introduction: The Governance of Public Higher Education (including brief discussion on the rewards, challenges, and traditions of trusteeship);
  • 10 Basic Governing Board Responsibilities (including questions for boards to ask about mission; presidential selection, support, performance assessment, and compensation; strategic planning; guarding fiscal integrity; academic quality; institutional autonomy and academic freedom; policies and processes; board performance and practices); 
  • 11 Hallmarks of an Effective Board (successful best practices to strive for); and
  • Resource Guide (list of useful web resources, print publications, programs, consulting services, publications for systems)

(Versions for independent and foundation boards also available.)

Please note that there is a bulk discount on all orders of 10 or more. The 10% discount will be applied automatically when you check out.



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